Thomas F Meager Foundation

What we do?

The Thomas F. Meagher Foundation was established to promote pride in, respect for the Irish Flag and its true meaning for peace and to promote active citizenship. Through our work with second level schools in Ireland selling Lapel Pins for projects or charities of their choosing and our Awards and scholarship Programme we encourage the young people of Ireland, irrespective of ethnicity, creed or gender to work together under the Irish Tricolour to proclaim and live its message of peace and unity and celebrate the new broader inclusive definition of Irishness.

The Thomas F Meagher Foundation in partnership with the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht organised the second largest event in the 1916 Centenary Celebrations by presenting at an event in Croke Park every second level school in the state with an Irish Flag which was flown from 33 The Mall in Waterford, the building from which Meagher flew a tricolour flag for the first time. The Foundation also worked with the Department of the Taoiseach in updating the protocol guidelines for the display and handling of the national Flag.



About Us

Learn more about the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, our aims and objectives.



More about our events to promote awareness of the Tricolour.



Learn more about our awards and scholorships programmes.



Thomas F. Meagher

The Foundation is named after Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Patriot, US army general and Governor of Montana who flew the first Tricolour flag on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 The Mall in Waterford at the Wolf Tone Club.

In his relatively short life – he died aged just 43 – much of which was spent outside of Ireland, Thomas Francis Meagher made a significant contribution to both Irish nationalism and to the preservation of the United States and particularly to the assimilation of the Irish into American society.


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Flag Day 2019 - 15th March

The Foundation are encouraging all registered second level schools to sell the flag lapin pins to raise money for a project or charity of their choosing, we are encouraging the young people of Ireland Irrespective of ethnicity, creed or gender to work together under the Irish Tricolour and live its message of peace and unity.

Spreagfaidh Lá na Brathaí, a bheidh á chomóradh i 2019 ar 15 Márta, daoine óga na hÉireann chun dul i mbun oibre le chéile faoi Bhratach Thrídhathach na hÉireann ag fógairt agus ag comhlíonadh a teagaisc i leith na síochána agus beag beann ar chíníocha, ar chreideamh nó ar inscne.

Flag Day 2019 Badge

Flag Day 2019 Badge


Flag Week 10th - 17th March 2016

Flag Week 10th – 17th March 2016

In the week running up to St. Patrick’s 2016 The Thomas F. Meagher Foundation invited second level schools around Ireland to fly our colours for Flag Week in order to raise funds for organisations and community groups of your choice.


The 2016 Flag Week was the highlight of the Foundation’s year, inspiring our young people to take the lead and promote pride in and respect for the Irish Flag and its meaning for peace in their communities, villages, towns and cities.

Schools were furnished with fundraising packs to include lapel badges and supporting materials so that they could initiate their own fundraising campaigns for their chosen good cause.  Whatever was raised went directly to the schools' chosen charity.  To coin an old phrase, whatever is raised locally stays locally, and it is be collected in honour of the Green White and Orange of the Irish Flag!

In conjunction with Flag Week we also asked schools to decorate with the colours of green, white and orange in keeping with the aims and objectives of the Foundation, promoting peace in your community and to encourage local businesses to raise our colours and raise it with pride. Community and school building were also lit up in our colours in the week surrounding the Flag.

Essentially students across the country became Tricolour Ambassadors in their home towns while raising funds for worthy causes. 

The Thomas F. Meagher Foundation promoted Flag Week on a National level, parallel to local campaigns.


"The flag is a statement of intent. It holds aloft our aspiration to be a peaceful country where all traditions are respected and reconciled. It flies high to remind us we are not there yet but it is the mission of each generation to bring us nearer to permanent peace one heart at a time. Good wishes to all those involved in the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation School’s Scholarship and Awards Programme. Our flag flies over one of the best countries in the world and, for all its man-made problems and imperfections, Thomas Francis Meagher would be proud of its noble achievements and ambitions."


Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese


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